A QUOTE FOR THINKING ABOUT WHAT MATTERS
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. Ovid
A STAYING STRONG TIP: My weekend and days of rest are fast approaching. No matter what your beliefs about a higher power, a day devoted to a simpler life is strengthening. To me that means thinking about what matters, not spending money, not working on any commercial ventures, not using my beloved computer, turning off the cell phone, connecting with friends, nature, my G-d.
Create your own version, your life will improve. Set aside one day a week for no (or minimal) travel, no turning on the tv, radio, or computer, turning off your cell phone. going only where you can walk. Try it you might like it. And yes, that might be a bit extreme, so adjust it to your and your family’s comfort zone.
The earlier you start these ‘taking a break’ family times and then each alone time strategies the better. Teenagers are harder to woo into such times. A game night once a month might be all you can manage. Still it will make a difference.
And yes, one of my ongoing cranks is how much harder it is on today’s parents to do these things. David and I were both at home and it was hard enough, but during those years parenting was our only job. So if you are working at more than being a parent, more then ever you will need some some unconnected family time and the same for your children. you. Start small and spread. It is my dream every family will teach their children the lesson of boredom. That lesson? Learning to fend for yourself when it comes to how you spend your time. Some creative ideas blossom during times of little one must do.
I have rushed to get this post up, so forgive any errors. Peace be yours.
IMAGE BY ME: Wild flowers in a field allowed to rest.